Peter Russo and Lucy Ives

By
Photography Maciek kobielski

Published December 8, 2014

PETER RUSSO AND LUCY IVES AT THEIR OFFICE IN BROOKLYN, October 2014. All CLOTHING: RUSSO AND IVES’ OWN. 

Founded in 2007 by a collective of writers, designers and artists, including current director Peter Russo, Triple Canopy is an online arts and literature magazine based in academia but expressed with an internet-era wit and a heavy use of multimedia. It’s also becoming one of the more revered online arts magazines—not quite a blog, not quite a publication (early on, readers didn’t have a print option, and printing a screen page would obscure the content). Russo explains that Triple Canopy set out to “embrace the era’s technology but hold it at arm’s length—slow down the internet.” Some of their most successful projects have extended beyond the computer: Their project for the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Pointing Machines, comprised an installation with reproductions from the holdings of a prominent collection of American naive art. For 50 days over the spring and summer of 2013, “Speculations” invited 50-plus creatives to make predictions on the foreseeable future in a series of live lectures and discussions. Over a weekend in January 2014, “The Making of Americans” called on artists, writers, and other to take turns reading aloud from Gertrude Stein’s notoriously difficult novel. “The Motherhood Archives,” a multimedia article published on the site in July, explored the history of motherhood in America through archival home movies, training films, propaganda, and more. And they just feted legendary writer Lynne Tillman at their annual fund-raising dinner.